Classic Textiles

{ Designs by Lucienne Day. L-R: Graphica, Riga, Spectators, Trio. }

The Centre for Advanced Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art offers a commercial digital textile printing service, and, under the name Classic Textiles, reproduces designs from some of the U.K.’s most prominent and influential textile designers. Lucienne Day herself selected the 12 designs for the Centre, which they print (in the original colorways) on a 135cm (about 53 inches) wide cotton/linen blend.

{ Designs by Lucienne Day. L-R: Flotilla, Calyx, Dandelion Clicks, Magnetic. }

{ Designs by Robert Stewart. L-R: Raimult, Kilmun, Striven, Glendaruel, Sun Man. }

Robert Stewart was a student and teacher at the Glasgow School of Art. He designed textiles for Liberty, Donald Brothers, and the Edinburgh Tapestry Company, and later went on to found a ceramics company and create ceramic murals for public places.

{ Designs by Sylvia Chalmers. L-R: Grasses, Fruit, Penang, Uno, Village, Flowerpots. }

The newest designer in the Classic Textiles catalog is Sylvia Chalmers. She was also a student of the Glasgow School of Art who went on to found her own textile printing studio called Tuar Fabrics, and designed fashion prints for Elizabeth Eaton.

Stewart’s and Chalmers’ designs are printed on 142cm (56″ wide) 100% linen. All Classic Textiles fabrics are £75 per meter, about $122, and samples are available for £5 (about $8) each.

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  1. Kim – I’ve always been a bit of a fabric collector and have quite a few unusual prints. I think you know that, but with these you’ve just launched my pocketbook in a whole new direction. Please be sure to dig me out. I’ll be stuck under the mountain of debt that I’ll be in due to these great classics.

  2. Lucienne selected them herself? Wonderful eye candy to see just before I close my eyes! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Nathalie says:

    The Sylvia Chalmers fabrics are simply wonderful and I’d never seen any of them before! I’ve needed to replace the curtains in my bedroom for a while but couldn’t find anything I’d be happy looking at daily for the next 20 years. There’s three windows (15 yards, gulp) so I will have to start saving up, but the grey Uno it is going to have to be…

    Thank you for this fabulous post.

  4. Leslie says:

    Excellent eye candy! I love the village print by Sylvia Chalmers–combines two of my favorite things–victorian houses and fabric!